WeCreate Studio in 2021
Happy New Year from all of us at WeCreate Studio!!
While we are hours away from 2022, we invite you to look back on our journey thus far. We are deeply grateful for the partnerships and friendships created while we explored and learned through the countless opportunities this year.
Our Learning Journey
Amidst the persistence of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continued to embark on new projects.
Breakthrough Halfway House #Singapore #HalfwayHouse
Working with Breakthrough Missions has allowed us to better understand and bring to light the needs of ex inmates, transiting back to society. We are excited to continue this partnership as the Architect for their up-and-coming hub in Changi Village, which will be operated by the ex in-mates.
Seniors x Technology #Singapore #SeniorLiving
In the beginning of 2021, we partnered with Participate in Design to conceptualise a space and bridge the gaps of our seniors’ needs as Singapore advances technologically. Through various stakeholders engagements, the team was able to develop a design that suits the needs of different stakeholders. More details to be unveiled with the centre launch later in 2022.
Reviving Fort Katong #Singapore #History
In a bid to preserve local history and heritage, we were invited to provide our expertise for the revival of Fort Katong. Redevelopment works, such as a new café and a historical experiential gallery, are in the pipeline, pending approval from MP Lim Biow Chuan and various governing agencies such as NParks and URA.
Breathing new life for squatters #Philippines #SustainableCommunities
In collaboration with Corporate Alliance for Good, we were invited to conduct a feasibility study for the relocation of a squatters community from Navotas to a new sustainable agri-community in Ibaan, Philippines. Through the analysis of different perspectives such as environmental, social and economic, we assessed the possible urban transformation.
Panamik Wellness Centre #India #EcoTourism
The Panamik Community is situated in Nubra Valley along the Indian Himalayas, in the state of Ladakh. A wellness centre was envisioned to bring supplementary income to the local women in 2018. This year, this vision was revived with better financial support to make this project a reality.
Empathy Box - Deepening designers' capacity to design well for our community of Persons with Autism
A collaborative effort with Andre Tan (XOPO Design) and Eric Lee (Refruit).
Empathy Box aims to enhance the quality of spatial design for persons with autism.
It is an inclusive design toolkit set containing a compilation of different prototypes that are conceptualised and developed with different stakeholders. It serves to enhance the quality of spatial design for persons with autism.
We started a design sprint with several designers in May to find out the gaps in designing for persons with disabilities and were awarded the Good Design Research Grant with DesignSingapore Council for Empathy Box.
In 2022, we look forward to upcoming collaborations with Spectra Secondary School, St Andrew’s Autism Centre and Rainbow Centre and an exhibition of the prototype.
客聚 (ke ju), A Singaporean Hakka Village
A collaboration with PROSE Architects
客聚 (ke ju), A Singaporean Hakka Village, is a mixed-use Hakka Association that aims to capture the zeitgeist of global change yet remain true to its heritage in Singapore.
Ke ju focuses on 3 pillars in our scheme - Architecture, Wellbeing and Economic Design. Together, they form a closely knit tripartite relationship, each in harmony with the others to create a holistic experience for everyone to enjoy Hakka culture in Singapore.
In 2022, we will embark on the next phase of design development as we work towards the groundbreaking ceremony.
Awards and Recognitions
2021 has been a challenging yet fruitful year. We are thrilled to announce the awards that our team has received over the past year. Here are some highlights that we are particularly proud of.
Our sharings on participatory design and wellbeing through architecture goes beyond the borders of Singapore.
We are happy to announce that we have expanded!
With Qi Wei joining us as Business Development and Marketing Manager and Jocelyn as our Project Architect. Throughout the past year, students from various institutions such as National University of Singapore, Yale-NUS College, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education joined us as interns and also contributed to our efforts to impact the society.
Paying it Forward
This year, we donated $1,000 of our profits to the Mon Community - giving them a boost to purchase COVID equipment such as RDT test kits and oxygen concentrators.
Do reach out to us if you wish to contribute to the efforts in this season of giving.
We look forward to connecting again in 2022.